Ardijah special guests for the CAPETOWN JAZZATHON
Ardijah to Africa as special guests for the CAPETOWN JAZZATHON
Poly Fonk Productions are proud to announce, ARDIJAH, the internationally acclaimed South Auckland, Aotearoa, South Pacific based group, is the first band from New Zealand ever be invited to the massive 4-day long Standard Bank JAZZATHON Festival in Cape Town, South Africa.
New Zealand's most successful multi-award winning R & B band, ARDIJAH's founding artistes, Betty-Anne & Ryan Captain Fonk (left) will perform with their accomplished 7-piece band at JAZZATHON, which draws over 800,000 music lovers to the beautiful Cape Town waterfront. Although called JAZZATHON the festival features a wide range of music that the local black and white communities share a love for, including R & B, Funk, Creole, Jazz-fusion, jazz-rock and traditional African music. The festival has in recent years drawn the biggest names in South African Music, including Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Allou April.
ARDIJAH's third album, TIME, and hit single SILLY LOVE SONGS grabbed a Number One spot on the South African radio charts and amongst nightclubs nearly three years ago. Finally, after three years of invitations ARDIJAH, Poly Fonk Productions, with the kind assistance of Creative New Zealand - Te Waka Toi, have graciously sent a positive RSVP.
Busy mastering their eagerly awaited fourth album for an early 2004 release, ARDIJAH will take some time out and depart for Cape Town on January 2 with performances from 6 - 15 January through-out Cape Town and neighbouring townships.
ARDIJAH completed a sell out tour of Australia in October 2003, with shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, as a warm up for the 4th album release and to catch-up with their fans there. And have recently entertained their faithful fans at the Affirm Festival Christchurch and the annual Kawerau Christmas In The Park.
ARDIJAH are widely respected and admired as the early inspirational pioneers of the contemporary Pacific R & B grooves and looked upon as the 'old skool' by the young up and coming groups such as Nesian Mystik, Jamoa Jamm.
ARDIJAH are still at the cutting edge of this exciting sound fusion today. 2004 is set to see ARDIJAH embark on a tour of Australia, Tahiti and other South Pacific destinations with their fourth album. POLY FONK is the fusion of Polynesian roots, rhythms and melodies with inspired R & B/Funk grooves - the FONK is the funk you feel! _____
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